Attorney Calls on Clinton To Honor NAACP Boycott Of South Carolina

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - President Clinton is being urged to honor the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) tourism boycott of South Carolina by forgoing his annual New Year's trip to Hilton Head Island.

The president was urged to boycott the Palmetto State in letters from Columbia, South Carolina lawyer Tom Turnipseed who said his actions would show solidarity for African-Americans and would boost Hillary Clinton's expected New York Democratic senatorial campaign.

The NAACP board voted last weekend in favor of the South Carolina boycott until the Confederate battle flag is removed from the State House dome. The NAACP contends the flag is a symbol of racism.

The Clintons are friends with Renaissance Weekend co-founders and part-time Hilton Head residents Phil and Linda Lader, and have attended the private New Year's Eve event for the last 14 years.

The event draws high profile guests from around the world to its off the record discussions.

Turnipseed is also urging the Laders to move their Renaissance Weekend event out of South Carolina as well. The Laders had no comment.

White House press secretary Joe Lockhart Tuesday said no decision had been made on the Clintons' New Years plan and he did not know if they would take the boycott into account.

The boycott is set to begin January 1st, when the Renaissance Weekend ends.

South Carolina NAACP Executive Director Dwight James said he wouldn't discuss Turnipseed's letter, but NAACP spokesman Jim Wiggins said James will address it formally during a news conference set for Thursday at the South Carolina NAACP convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.